Jith Paul is a filmmaker based in Ottawa, Canada, a producer, director, cinematographer and editor of several award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos. He is President, CEO & Janitor at Treepot Media, which he founded in 2010. His directorial debut, Algebra, a short film about a painter grappling with the loss of his eyesight won the Best Technical Quality award at the Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival (2012) and was an official selection for the Toronto Independent Film Festival (2013), ProFiRe Film Festival in Scotland (2013), Valle d’Itria Film Festival in Italy (2014), Siligury International Film Festival in India (2014) and the Festival international Entr’2 marches in Cannes, France (2015).
Jith produced the short films Polar Bear Love, Moments and Perfect. All three of these films were finalists CBC Television’s Short Film Face-off and were broadcast nationally in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Jith is an Associate Member in the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) and is the editor of the documentaries Partners for Peace, an official selection at the One World Film Festival in 2013, North Boys, winner of the Founder’s award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2012 and This is My Witness, an Official Selection at the 2012 Amnesty International Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival. Jith’s latest directorial project is a crowd-funded indie dramatic comedy short film called A Clean Slate which focuses on a once promising pop singer who struggles to overcome her debilitating stage fright. The short film premiered at the Valle d’Itria Film Festival in Italy in August 2014 where it was awarded Miglior Cortometraggio Internazionale – America, Best Short Film in the International-America category.
Jith is a graduate of the television broadcasting program at Algonquin College and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has served as a member of grant proposal juries at SAW Video and the Ontario Arts Council and was a member of the festival jury for the 2012 One World Film Festival.
He considers filmmaking a team sport and is keen on fostering collaboration amongst emerging artists. This led to the launch of Treepot.tv, a channel streaming a series of webisodes that feature musicians and actors, promoting learning and sharing amongst local filmmakers. After several popular episodes and with a committed fan base, Treepot.tv approved for streaming on iTunes, six months after its launch. Treepot.tv was nominated for Canada’s Best Music Website in CBCRadio 3 Spotlight in 2011.
Eager to step things up to the next level found Jith started collaborating with several local filmmakers on several short films and music videos. He founded the Treepot Film Festival, a celebration of work by indie artists and filmmakers as a venue to share some of these projects other curated pieces that represent the the best in local indie short films, documentaries and music videos. The inaugural event played to a capacity theatre in September 2011 and the subsequent events have seen emerging filmmakers showcase their work at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across Ottawa. After a series of 10 public screenings of over 150 Ottawa based and Canadian independent films for a period of four years Jith partnered with local filmmakers Ed Kucerak and Blair Campbell to launch Ottawa Indie Fest in 2014, subsequently rebranded as the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival. OCanFilmFest is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers.
Jith is currently producing Karim Ayari's Before me - L’homme de la maison, a bilingual narrative film that explores social intolerance and its impact on children. He is a web stream producer at the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), is one of the festival programmers at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCanFilmFest), holds the vice-chair of the board position at SAW Video Media Art Centre and freelances as a photographer, camera operator, DIT/DMT and editor.